Ray Evans Seminar

This year's Ray Evans Seminar is April 3-5. The topic is "Searching for the Pattern" with guest speaker Dr. John Mark Hicks from Lipscomb University.

Pick up an info card at the Welcome Center in the lobby to share with a friend! Or share the event on Facebook!  roundedfacebook

FREE childcare is available, but you must sign up with the church office ahead of time.  If you need childcare, please call the church office at 405-321-0788.

FRI. & SAT. (4/3/20-4/4/20)


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   How I Learned to Read the Bible

8:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Break

8:15 pm to 9:00 pm   How Did Paul Read the Bible


9:00 am to 10:00 am      Reading the Bible Through the Mystery of Christ

10:00 am to 10:15 am    Break

10:15 am to 11:00 am    How Did Jesus Read the Bible

11:00 am to 11:30 am    Q&A Session

SUNDAY (4/5/20)

All adult Bible classes will meet in the auditorium for a combined class led by Dr. Hicks.


Bible Class at 9:30 am   Why Do I Go to Church?

Worship at 10:30 am     The Baptism of Jesus

Dr. John Mark Hicks

John Mark teaches theology and history courses at Lipscomb University. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University (1981), and his Ph.D. in Reformation Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1985).

John Mark has taught theology since 1982, including nine years at Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1991-2000). He has been at Lipscomb since 2000. He has ministered with churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Tennessee. He has published sixteen books and many journal articles, as well as contributed to twenty four other books. He has spoken in forty states and twenty two countries. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five living children and two deceased. 

Ray Evans Seminar & Library

Ray Evans was a minister, missionary, scholar, and teacher. He preached at University Church of Christ which later merged with Central Church of Christ to form Alameda Church of Christ. Working diligently with college students, Ray believed teaching God’s word would encourage the next generation of teachers to dig deeper and reach farther. Ray had a master’s degree in Old Testament Studies, was working on his PhD in Communications, was a preaching minister, and a missionary in The Hague, Netherlands, but his passion was teaching. He joined the Preston Road School of Preaching as a professor to share his experience and encourage the next generation of preaching ministers. His students experienced great loss when Ray and three of his colleagues were killed in a plane crash on February 22, 1979.  

This seminar and the Ray Evans Library at Alameda are memorials of his passion for teaching and encouraging students of the Bible. Those who are searching will find answers they seek, and Ray wanted to share his appetite for the Bible with those around him. His wife, JoAnn Belknap, has continued to remember his diligence and shares it with others in this annual Bible seminar.  

Every year, a Bible scholar comes to Alameda to share his area of Biblical knowledge in celebration of Ray Evans’ dedication. His legacy lives on in the loved ones he left behind who share with us his hunger for teaching and learning together in the family of Christ.